Opposition Leaders Phone Lalu Yadav With Support. Nitish Kumar Does Not

Patna : Lalu Yadav will meet tomorrow morning with his legislators in Patna to discuss the raids last week on his home and other properties after both he and son Tejashwi Yadav were accused of corruption by the CBI.

Lawmakers from his party are most keen to seek an explanation for why not a single comment of support has been offered by their ally, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and other senior leaders of his Janata Dal (United) or JD(U). They pointed out that other opposition leaders like Sonia Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee have phoned Lalu Yadav. But not one JD(U) representative has tried to meet with Lalu Yadav to show some solidarity
The concerted silence of the Chief Minister, who departed Patna on Friday for Rajgir, 104 km away, is being seen as tacit disapproval of a partnership increasingly punctured by differences.

Tejashwi Yadav, 27, is Nitish Kumar’s deputy. In some measure of relief for him, sources close to the Chief Minister say that he does not believe that Tejashwi Yadav needs to be removed from office till a chargesheet explaining the early evidence against him is presented in court. Lalu Yadav, 70, has said that the case against Tejashwi Yadav should be disregarded because at the time of the alleged transgressions, he was a minor or under 18.

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